The Palapa Files: Home Sweet Tilapia Pond

Chito's campground, Tenacatita

And then we went from partying on the piazza of a pseudo-Moorish palace to camping in the dirt in a defunct tilapia farm. The tilapia farm in question is located behind Chito’s restaurant, about a kilometer from Tenacatita beach, on the coast of Jalisco. Since the failure of the tilapia venture, Chito has been busy building a campground on the site, replete with palapas, a volleyball court, and supposedly showers, though we never exactly saw that dream materialize. I shouldn’t […]

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Partying at the Taj Miguel

I like huts and I like vans. I don’t exactly like tents, but I feel at home in the bastards. When I go on a trip to Mexico, I expect to spend the majority of my time camping in the dirt or sand, with rudimentary bathroom facilities and numerous coolers. I do not expect to spend my time in a pseudo-Moorish palace, replete with minarets and sculptures of Nubian slaves. A reunion of the family of friends that centered around […]

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San Pancho Sunset

San Pancho, Nayarit:  Last week I was crumbling cheese for spaghetti and looked out the kitchen window.  The beach is on the open ocean and the surf is too rough for swimming.   But San Pancho was a very friendly town, and we all had a great time visiting with friends and listening to music.

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The Temporary Import Permit Tempest

By Captain Elizabeth Shanahan Owner SG Boat Works Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico   A number of published news reports about the temporary import permit audit performed at twelve Mexican marinas by the Mexican IRS earlier this month have unnecessarily upset boat owners and disrupted normal business dealings in the marine industry. But the facts don’t support any hysteria. “Don’t worry about your boats,” Tere Grossman, spokesperson for the Mexican Marinas Association says. “I expect the liens to be lifted in […]

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Mexican Government Seizes Yachts?

  Associated Press reporters Mark Stevenson and Amy Taxin describe a recent sting operation on eight Mexican marinas. According to the AP, tax agents and marines descended to seize yachts that were lacking a necessary permit: “After inspecting more than 1,600 vessels in late November, the Mexican government’s Treasury Department announced it had initiated seizure orders against 338 boats it accused of lacking a $70 permit. The office says it has four months to decide whether to release the boards […]

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How to be More Like a Local When Visiting Puerto Vallarta

Editor’s note: This is a guest spot from the enjoyable and well written expat blog Team Fuber, which is up for the “best expat blog award” at Expat Blogs. If you want to show your support for Jen and Sam, leave a comment at the contest site.   10. Take off your closed toed shoes; let your toes breathe and feel the fresh air (and get rid of that winter sock tan)! Seeing somebody walk down the beach in shoes […]

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Awesome Photos of Motorcyle Trip Across Mexico, Circa 1981

Illustration of restaurant from vintage edition of The People's Guide to Mexico

    We recently received an email from a reader, who politely requested to use an original illustration from The People’s Guide to Mexico in a blog post he was writing about his 1981 motorcycle trip from Canada to Mexico. Carl wrote back and told him “sure” and asked him to send us a link to the post. I must admit that I didn’t expect to have my mind blown by an awesome trove of photographs. As some of you […]

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The Fine Art of Packing Light

A hamper, a thermos, a pith helmet, and two tigers.

As I recently noted, it’s been awhile since I was forced to pack light. Last year we drove the van to Mexico, and I was able to tote my vintage Samsonite suitcases, overflowing with all manner of impractical items, including multiple pairs of heels, and, yes, two stuffed tigers and a pith helmet. This trip, I’m spending five weeks on the coast of Jalisco and Nayarit, including (hopefully) a few weeks camping, and I’m limited to whatever I can stuff […]

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Flashback Mexico Travel Journals 1992-2013

Dec 31-Jan 10, 1992  Tenacatita, Jalisco (age 13) We traveled through the dessert (which was kind of boring) and then we crossed the border. We then drove down to visit our friends the Huichols. Guillermo had just left for the sierra! Too bad. We had an OK time with the Huichols and I once again tried tortilla making and failed. I can do it with a press, but patting it out by hand is beyond me. (Mine always are full […]

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